Harvest Thanksgiving 30 September 2018 & notices

Today was our Harvest Thanksgiving services followed by a soup & sandwich lunch. Any food donations will be given to the North Ayrshire Food Bank in Ardrossan. Grateful thanks to everyone who contributed.


The Guild meet this coming Wednesday (3rd October). The speaker will be Richard Wiggan who will talk about the Street Pastors movement. All are very welcome to come along and listen.

CrossReach Christmas card catalogues and order forms are available in the hall lobby.

Tickets for the Fashion Shown on 24th October from 7.30 pm can be purchased from Nan or Evelyn at £5.00 each (includes refreshments).

The Session meet on Tuesday 16th October from 7 pm. Board members, and anyone else who is interested, is encouraged to come along where the 5-year plan will be under discussion.

The Community Cafe now has its own page within ‘Organisations’. Please do have a look at the photographs from last Wednesday’s gathering.

Wednesday 1st August 2018 – Induction of Rev Sarah Nicol

A new chapter in the ongoing life of Saltcoats St Cuthbert’s Church of Scotland saw the induction of Rev Sarah Nicol. Ardrossan Presbytery, led by the Interim Moderator, Rev David Watson, managed the proceedings.

After a series of questions asked, and answered by Sarah in the affirmative to the satisfaction of the Presbytery, the Moderator called upon Sarah to sign the Formula (as seen in the photograph on right) saying:

You are now required to sign the appointed Formula as a seal of the vows that you have made.

The Formula states: –

“I believe the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith contained in the Confession of Faith of this Church. I acknowledge the Presbyterian government of this Church to be agreeable to the Word of God, and I promise to observe the order of worship and the administration of all public ordinances as the same are or may be allowed in this Church.”

The right hand of fellowship (as well as hugs!) followed as attending members of Presbytery and our own Session personally welcomed Sarah. Members of Saltcoats St Cuthbert’s were then asked to stand and questions were asked of them – ensuring that they too committed to supporting Sarah in her new ministry.

After this more formal part of the evening, everyone moved through to the larger hall for a time of shared fellowship with tea or coffee, sandwiches and plenty of cake!

Once sated, we returned to the church for an informal welcome to Sarah and her husband Stewart including the giving of gifts to Sarah and Stewart, after which Sarah took the chair. Gifts were presented to David Watson and our much-appreciated locum minister, Mr Bert McCool. These proceedings were interspersed with a very witty welcome from our Session Clerk, Elsa Kirk, a ‘heads up’ from members of her previous churches, greetings from Rev Alex Noble on behalf of the local clergy and musical interludes by the choir. The event was a very relaxed affair, concluding with a vote of thanks to everyone involved in the preparation of all aspects from Dr Simon Hales.

Notices: 1st July 2018

Reminder about a day out!

Date for your diary: Sutherlands’ Tours, organised by Graeme and Liz, will be on the road on Saturday 15th September 2018. This is always a great day out for St. Cuthbert’s congregation and friends.

The destination this year is Dunfermline Abbey and Palace in the morning with other options available in the afternoon such as the Carnegie Library and Gallery and St Margaret’s Relic. High Tea will be taken on the homeward journey.

The cost of this trip will not exceed £40 pp. A deposit of £10 pp to be paid to Graeme or Liz Sutherland by 15th July will allow numbers to be ascertained.

All are welcome. Bring your friends and join St Cuthbert’s Culture Club.